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Introducing Anthony Vaccarello: The New Head Designer Of YSL

Anthony Vaccarello has today been appointed the creative director of Yves Saint Laurent after the high profile exit of Hedi Slimane.

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Both YSL and its parent company Kering confirmed the news today which had been widely speculated in the past two weeks. This game of fashion musical chairs saw Vaccarello himself move from the creative director role at Versus Versace.

President of YSL Francesca Bellettini spoke positive notes of Vaccarello’s new role and added that, “I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent.”

“His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fit for the maison. Anthony Vaccarello impeccably balances elements of provocative femininity and sharp masculinity in his silhouettes. He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent. I am enthusiastic about embarking on a new era with Anthony Vaccarello, and together bringing the maison further success.”

Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault resonated the same sentiments saying that he was looking forward to seeing some bright new talent in the design process. 

“I am very proud to welcome such a vivid and young force among today’s creative fashion talents to Yves Saint Laurent. Anthony Vaccarello’s unique style will greatly express the maison’s creative signature and fashion authority, building on the brand’s solid foundations, and further developing it to realise its full potential. Together with the entire Yves Saint Laurent team, Anthony Vaccarello will strongly contribute to the maison’s growing accomplishments.”

Vaccarello himself is no novice. The 36-year-old Belgian spent three years at Versus Versace as a consultant before stepping up to the creative director role in 2015. Vaccarello will have big shoes to fill at YSL with Slimane’s grunge-inspired collections driving the label’s revenue up to €974 million from the €707 million of sales revenue made in 2014. That also accounts for a twenty percent growth year on year between 2012 and 2014.

For now, Vaccarello says that he is just happy being at the iconic fashion label.

“Mr Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house.”

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